Tarleton State Hearts Its Dropouts

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Posted January 4, 2011 by Jeff Prince in Blotch

GEORGE KENNEDY -- WHAT WE GOT HERE IS FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

GEORGE KENNEDY — WHAT WE'VE GOT HERE IS FAILURE TO COMMUNICATE

The lead paragraph in Fort Worth Weekly‘s recent story about Texas A&M System threatening instructors with termination includes a passing reference to a few “graduates” at Tarleton State Univeristy.

“It’s graduates have found success in careers as varied as music (Ryan Bingham), acting (George Kennedy), and politics (Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief),” I boldy wrote in that article.

However, a Tarleton professor sent me the following email: “While I truly appreciate your efforts to bring A&M practices to light, your first paragraph has two glaring errors. Ryan Bingham is not a Tarleton graduate; he’s a Tarleton dropout. And George Kennedy was in a military training program (WWII) while on campus and did not graduate from what would have been a junior college at the time.”

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I culled the information regarding Bingham and Kennedy from the school website, which lists both as “notable alumni.”

“Alumni,” in my still-evolving brain muscle, somehow transmuted into “graduates.”

However, the dictionary clearly defines alumni as someone who attends or graduates from a school.

In other words, I erroneously graduated Bingham and Kennedy. I regret the error. And I pray that their careers survive my faux pas (defined by the dictionary as “a blunder”).

RYAN BINGHAM WON AN ACADEMY AWARD LAST YEAR FOR HIS SONG "THEY WEARY KIND"

RYAN BINGHAM WON AN ACADEMY AWARD LAST YEAR FOR HIS SONG "THE WEARY KIND"

KENNEDY WON AN OSCAR FOR HIS SUPPORTING ROLE IN "COOL HAND LUKE" (1967)

KENNEDY WON AN OSCAR FOR HIS SUPPORTING ROLE IN "COOL HAND LUKE" (1967)


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